Get wisdom: Seek counsel from every wise person, and do not think lightly of any useful advice. Tobit 4:18
Tobit, in the book that bears his name, was a righteous man who feared God, an Israelite deported by the Assyrians, and like Job, he was put on a test by the Lord: "Now, after I had been deported to the Assyrians and came as captive to Nineveh" Tobit:1:10.
Tobit suffered persecution and led a difficult life due to oppression in Assyria; and when he thought that he had little time to live due to a blindness he had, he called his son Tobiah and gave him a series of wise advices as a farewell and told him: "Seek counsel from every wise person, and do not think lightly of any useful advice" Tobit 4:18.
These tips from Tobit have a similarity to the teachings of the book of Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, and Proverbs. In a few words, what Tobit advised his son is that he has to seek and live with those people who have reached spiritual perfection, that is, the wise men. Because as the saying goes: "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm" Proverbs 13:20.
Wisdom is not a thing for idiots, madmen, or fools; wisdom is elusive and does not allow itself to be easily trapped, its advices are valuable, it illuminates the mind, heals the soul, and cares for and prolongs life. And about the wisdom Tobit told us: "For no other nations possesses good counsel, but it is the Lord who gives all good things" Tobit 4:19. In other words, wisdom always comes from above and it is God who provides it. Tobit as a good father taught his beloved son that understanding these things with the heart is what makes a person rich before God: "You will have great wealth, if you fear God, avoid all sin, and do what is good before the Lord your God" Tobit 4:21.
Life is full of difficulties and especially unforeseen events, being good is no guarantee that bad things will not happen to you, but he who trusts in the Lord knows that sooner or later he will be blessed, and it is for this certainty that Tobit left his teachings to his son: "For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction" Psalm 1:6.